WHAT IS “Teen Street - a film production company”?
Based in Tucson, Arizona, Teen Street’s mission is to provide a safe and empowering environment in which teen performers can expand their artistic expression and self-esteem through advanced actor training and collaborating on original works of film.
Set in downtown Tucson and the Tortolita Mountains in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, “The Tortolita Twelve” is a unique and lyrical statement about cyber-bullying. The film follows twelve teenagers, some bullied, some bullies, some just going along; all dealing with the fallout from online events that have forever changed their lives. It is a tragedy in its purest form, a wave of emotion and events leading to an inevitable and haunting conclusion. We hope it will prompt people to talk. About bullying. About listening. About empathy. About tolerance. About finding a solution.
Our approach was pretty simple. We trained. And we spent a lot of time talking about things that were on our minds. Online bullying, social media, and teen suicide had been in the news, and naturally became the topic of discussion. And it turned out that nearly all of us had been personally affected by teen suicide.
Shortly after our first meeting, another tragedy occurred. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and several other innocent people were shot at the Safeway store just a couple miles from where we meet. Needless to say, we found ourselves in a particular “state of being.” We were quietly working to understand. And we chose to allow our story to rest on that state of being, first and foremost. So our film is simple and a bit dark...and hopefully, provocative.
WHAT HAVE WE ACHIEVED SO FAR?
Private fundraising helped us put together a modest budget. With the help of family & friends, the amazing parents of our company members, and many volunteer hours by local production talent, we have completed shooting.
Goal #1 was really about our members, and we’ve already achieved it. Our actors have had a rewarding experience that will always be with them. They have explored their own lives, made new friends, worked their tails off, and have clearly grown as people and as performers.
HOW WILL YOUR PLEDGE BE USED?
Your generous pledge will go toward post-production work. This includes things like sound engineering, titles, looping, color correction, dialogue sweetening and soundtrack. Funds beyond our initial goal will be used to cover unforeseen expenses, film festival entry fees, marketing, and that beautiful helicopter shot we’ve been wanting to get.
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